Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
Minutes for Performance and Achievement
March 3, 2003
Doyle Administration Building
545 West Dayton Street, Room 103
Madison, Wisconsin

The Performance and Achievement Committee meeting was called to order by Chair Bill Clingan at 6:02 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Bill Clingan, Ruth Robarts, Shwaw Vang


OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Carol Carstensen, Bill Keys, Juan José López (arrived at 6:08 p.m.)

STAFF PRESENT: Rita Applebaum, Jane Belmore, Mary Gulbrandsen, Roger Price, Joe Quick, Art Rainwater, Ann Wilson - Recording Secretary

  1. Approval of Minutes

    It was moved by Ruth Robarts and seconded by Shwaw Vang to approve the minutes of the Performance and Achievement Committee dated December 9, 2002. Motion unanimously carried.

  2. Public Appearances

    Barbara Shrank said she has not been able to find information about the process by which changes are made to curriculum plans that have been approved by the Board of Education, and at what point professional staff members are involved. (Art Rainwater responded that curriculum change - content - is not part of the budget process and would only come into play if the budget prevented implementation. Up to this point content has not been affected by budget cuts. If the district were not able to deliver curriculum standards, it would become a curriculum issue.)

    Laurie Kobza encouraged continued implementation of the Equity Resource Formula and was concerned that budget cuts should not disproportionately affect the district's neediest schools. She would like to see continued implementation of Equity Policy 9001.

    There were written registrations by Abha Thakkar, Greg Lefgren, Michelle Brokaw and Jill Jokela in support of continued implementation of the Equity Resource Formula and Equity Policy so that resources are not disproportionately cut for the neediest schools.

  3. Announcements

    Carol Carstensen distributed two documents in response to questions asked at the Finance and Operations Committee meeting on February 27 - A Summary Expense Report and a Referendum Timeline (attached to the original of these minutes).

  4. 2002 Summer School Report

    Rita Applebaum introduced members of the 2002 summer school staff who were in attendance. Linda Kailin, Welda Simousek, Rita Applebaum, Ben Radloff and Bonnie Goeke-Johnson each gave short reports. A written Summer School Report was provided and is attached to the original of these minutes.

    Discussion: Rate of compensation for summer school teachers; mechanism is in place for discussion to take place in Human Resources Committee or as part of budget deliberations.

    Follow-Up: Request for information about students who were inappropriately referred for the fourth grade literacy promotion pilot program.

  5. 2003 Summer School Budget

    The Board of Education previously approved a budget of $2,221,267 supporting the academic component of the Extended Learning Summer School Program for 2003.

    It was moved by Shwaw Vang and seconded by Ruth Robarts to approve the remaining budget of $796,128 supporting the recommendations and course offerings for the 2003 summer school program as presented. Motion unanimously carried.

  6. Madison Metropolitan School District - Latino Work Group

    Bill Clingan distributed a draft copy of MMSD - Latino Work Group (attached to the original of these minutes). He noted the charge, proposed membership, timeline, process and work product.

    Discussion: Concern about work group expectations and the budget process timeline.

    It was moved by Shwaw Vang and seconded by Bill Clingan to support the establishment of the Latino Work Group and the draft charge and membership so that the committee can begin their work. Administration and staff will work with committee members to discuss issues important to Latino families in the school district and report back to the Performance and Achievement Committee by no later than June 30, 2003. Motion unanimously carried.

    Staff on the work group would be aware of the budget timeline. It was suggested a notation be added to the draft that if the work group wanted to make recommendations that require funding, those recommendations would need to be presented corresponding to budget development timelines, prior to the report planned for June 30, 2003.

  7. Staff Allocation Equity Formula

    Art Rainwater distributed information about staffing and allocation (attached to the original of these minutes) and gave a brief explanation about the development of the Equity Resource Formula and how it works.

  8. Other Business

    There was no other business.

  9. Adjournment

    It was moved by Ruth Robarts and seconded by Shwaw Vang to adjourn the meeting at 7:13 p.m. Motion unanimously carried.